You’re all probably familiar with the hallmarks of a bad night’s sleep – you wake up feeling groggy, disorientated and confused. You stumble towards the bathroom and yes, there’s the physical evidence – tired, puffy and dark eyes!
Your immediate reaction might be to reach for your concealer, quickly followed by a strong cup of coffee, but sometimes this just isn’t enough. That’s why today I’m here to uncover the truth about ‘beauty sleep’, and what it can do for sensitive skin.
Is beauty sleep real?
The answer to this question is easy: absolutely, especially if you’re looking to avoid a flare-up! Sleep is a vital time of regeneration and recuperation for your body and, while you’re snoozing, some serious maintenance gets done. For example, did you know that while you’re asleep your brain is able to detoxify your body 10 times faster than when you’re awake?
This detox is badly needed to help remove impurities and excess fluid that could potentially upset your skin. Your microcirculation even receives a noticeable boost to ensure your skin is getting a healthy flow of oxygen and nutrients. Your body also uses this time to produce more collagen, an important structural protein that is essential for healthy skin.
When sleep deprivation enters the picture, though, things can quickly go wrong. If you’re not getting enough shut-eye, your production of collagen will be inhibited resulting in weaker skin that’s more prone to sensitivity and irritation. All of those nasty impurities won’t be getting removed from your body as efficiently and that excess fluid can gather in the tissues under your eyes, causing those tell-tale bags to appear.
This is far from your only problem though. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can affect your hormonal balance, stimulating the release of cortisol, an inflammatory stress hormone.
Usually cortisol is released just before your sleep cycle ends, helping you to wake up feeling refreshed and invigorated for the day ahead. However, your body also releases cortisol as part of your fight-or-flight reflex, shutting down certain functions that are deemed unnecessary for your short-term survival, such as your digestive system, in order to focus on areas of your body that are pivotal to helping you survive a fight.
Your blood vessels will dilate so that nutrients and oxygenated blood can be redirected more efficiently from your skin to your heart and lungs and, since the skin under your eyes is so delicate, those dilated blood vessels will appear as dark circles. Your blood vessels dilating in such a way can also upset sensitive skin conditions like rosacea.
Cortisol, as I’ve already mentioned, is inflammatory which means that it can easily upset your sensitive skin, causing irritation, itchiness and a flare-up! Your skin also won’t be getting the nutrients it needs to repair itself which can result in weaker skin that’s more vulnerable to foreign pathogens and bacteria.
How to get rid of those dark circles!
I know I’ve certainly had my share of late nights and early starts and I’ve always noticed that my skin appears redder and more prone to itchiness. There’s definitely something to be said for getting your allotted 8 hours a night, but sometimes this just isn’t always feasible and the delicate skin under your eyes will suffer for it.
Choose your concealer carefully!
PHB’s Brightening Gel will definitely help to support and nourish your tired skin but, if you’re after a bit of extra coverage turning to makeup is sometimes a good option if you need a quick fix. When it comes to sensitive skin, the make-up you choose is extremely important as the wrong brand can leave your skin feeling itchy and irritated.
PHB Beauty specialise in handcrafted skincare and beauty products, we love their passion for plant-powered and compassionate products that aim to ‘improve your skin, your health and your wellbeing’ - you won’t find any phthalates or abrasive toxins here!
Their Cream Concealer Stick is surprisingly ideal for sensitive skin, as it contains an array of natural, skin-boosting ingredients specifically aimed at treating dark circles rather than masking their appearance. The intense hydration and rich essential fatty acids present in Coconut oil helps to keep your skin hydrated, soothing any signs of inflammation whist Jojoba combats any signs of free-radical damage, including fine lines and premature wrinkles. Naturally radiant and never cakey, this incredibly nourishing concealer definitely gets our seal of approval!